October 20, 2021

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NASA is working with Tom Cruise to record films in space

NASA is working with Tom Cruise to record films in space
The NASA chief confirmed Tuesday that the space agency is working with actor Tom Cruise to make films on the International Space Station. A NASA spokesman also confirmed to CNN Business that Cruise would launch into space and remain on top of the station, a multibillion-dollar laboratory that orbits about 250 miles above Earth.
The rotating astronaut crew has been living on ISS continuously since 2000, and several high-paying tourists have stopped by the station for years. At one point, a pop star Lance Bass, from the NSYNC boy band, planned a visit in the early 2000s, even though the trip was not going well.

Several films have been taken on the space station, including the 2002 IMAX documentary Cruise told. “Apogee of Fear” 2012, a science fiction film, was also filmed in space by businessman and space tourist Richard Garriott, son of an astronaut.

But Cruise could be the first actor to survive on a journey into space.

“We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make NASA’s ambitious plans come true,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a tweet Tuesday.

Deadlines story published earlier Tuesday said the film would mark “the first narrative feature film – an action adventure – to be shot in space.”

It is unclear how or when Cruise will travel to the space station or what additional crew members can join him.

Russia is the only country with the ability to fly humans to and from the space station, but SpaceX and Boeing have worked for years to develop spacecraft capable of returning that capability to the United States. The SpaceX vehicle, Crew Dragon, is expected to complete its first crew mission to ISS later this month.

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Unlike the human space program in the previous decade, NASA will not own and operate SpaceX or Boeing vehicles. Both companies will be allowed to sell seats on their spaceships to tourists or others who are willing to pay millions of price tags.

SpaceX previously announced it would work with third-party companies to sell seats on Dragon Dragon ships around $ 50 million each.

NASA too rumored a directive last year that set out a plan to allow non-government space travelers to pay space agents to use the International Space Station’s facilities.

The document also sets out how much a particular service costs: Use of life support equipment – and toilets – is listed at $ 11,250 per day. Food, air and other provisions are valued at $ 22,500 per day.

The International Space Station was built as a partnership between dozens of countries, but the United States and Russia are the main operators. Maintaining the US portion of an orbiting laboratory, where astronauts conduct scientific and commercial research, every year cost US taxpayers are around $ 3 billion to $ 4 billion, according to the 2018 government report.

Rachel Crane from CNN Business contributed to this report.